DELIGHTFUL DIWALI IN BRISBANE
Made in India brings you a roundup of all the exciting Diwali events that happened all around Australia in 2015. In this piece, we take you to the Brisbane event which happened at King George Square.
Diwali is celebrated with great pomp all over Australia. In this article, we bring you the roundup of events that happened in Brisbane to usher in the festival of lights. The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) has been conducting a mega event for Diwali every year since 2010. This year, on 16 October 2015, the fifth iteration of this euphoric event happened at King George Square, Brisbane.
There were colourful Bollywood, Bhangra and folk dances that showcased the culture of India. Indian classical music and semi-classical performances also made their appearance, and the singing and dancing went on into the evening. Food stalls with snacks and staples were set up all around the square. Every imaginable kind of sweet was also available for those with a sweet tooth.
A free photo booth was also set up for the occasion where you could take a photo and get it printed for free. The sponsors of the event – Singapore Airlines and Target Travel and Tours – organised a raffle where the prize was one free return ticket to India.
The Queensland Government was one of the main sponsors of the event, and many representatives of the state attended the ceremony and even participated in some of the activities such as lighting of the lamp and in some dances.
The main theme of the event in Brisbane was that Diwali represents the victory of good over evil and of light over darkness. Accordingly, the organisers at FICQ ensured that there was ample light and colour everywhere one looked, and all the attendees had a lovely time. FICQ deserves a round of congratulations for pulling off such a great event.